The report headlined: “Minority status for Jamia Millia Islamia: Govt to withdraw support in court” in today’s The Indian Express has left many university employees stumped.
The Jamia Teachers’ Association has called an emergency meeting with a lawyer to see what can be done to strengthen Jamia’s stand. JTA secretary professor SM Mahmood told OT.COM that before taking any further steps, the association had decided to discuss the issue with the lawyer and other members. “It is only after this that we will be in a position to lay our strategies,” he said.
According to IE report, the HRD Ministry will also tell the court that Jamia was never intended to be a minority institution as it was set up by an Act of Parliament, and is funded by the Central Government.
The Central Government has decided to withdraw its earlier stand in court on Jamia’s minority status, The Indian Express has learnt.
It was on February 22, 2011 when the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) had declared Jamia a minority institution allowing it to reserve 50 per cent quota for Muslim students.
It is understood that HRD Ministry is planning to file a fresh affidavit in the writ petitions pending with the Delhi High Court where it is to declare that declaring of JMI a religious minority institution by NCMEI was an error in its understanding of the legal position.